The Livewell Arts Festival came about through the ideas and ambitions of the Plymouth Mental Health and Well-being, Arts and Creativity Forum, a local working group set up to promote mental health, wellbeing and recovery via cultural and creative arts.
The Livewell Arts Festival is in its inaugural year and has been arranged to coincide with and celebrate World Mental Health Day (WMHD) and England’s biggest programme to challenge mental health stigma and discrimination, Time to Change.
WMHD was created by the World Health Organisation (WHO) with the aim to get us all talking openly about our mental health, including how we promote our own mental health and wellbeing as well as get the right information and support about mental illnesses and the treatment and preventions that are available to us all. It is an annual event celebrated on 10th October around the world.
The Livewell Arts Festival takes place in and around Plymouth throughout October and currently has over forty events arranged covering everything from visual art and creativity to film, theatre, dance, literature, and awareness and learning opportunities.
Our aim is to promote the opportunities and benefits of the arts and creativity for good mental health, wellbeing and recovery, as well as challenge preconceived ideas about mental ill-health.
By engaging artists, connecting with communities and forming collaborations, we can celebrate the creative and artistic achievements of all of us, including those of us with lived experience of mental ill-health.